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Henry Seyue Becomes Benedict College’s First Frederick Douglass Fellow

Only 10 Students from Across the Country were Selected to Receive the
Prestigious Fellowship to Study Abroad in London, England

COLUMBIA, SC (April 17, 2019– A Benedict College student has been selected as one of only10 students from across the country to earn the prestigious Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship. As a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, Henry Seyue, Class of 2022, has received a full scholarship to study abroad program in London, England this summer.

“We are proud of Henry Seyue for being the first Benedict College student to win the prestigious Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship which will enable him to participate in an intensive four-week course on leadership and intercultural engagement sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange. We congratulate him for representing the BEST of BC!”  said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO.

A native of Monrovia Liberia, Seyue moved with his family to United States when he was just a toddler. He attended elementary through high school in New Haven, Connecticut.  Seyue said the Fellowship will allow him to expand his horizon and global experiences.  He is very passionate about the legal system. He has spent a significant amount of time working inside Federal Court room through his volunteer work with youth organizations.

“I am currently a Student Ambassador for the Save the Children organization,” said Seyue, an English and political science major. “As an Ambassador, I get to do what I love and talk with student about the work of the organization. The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship will give me the global perspective that I need to further my dreams and goals. I am so  thankful that the Fellowship supports students and helps them to excel in their chosen careers.”

Of the 332,727 U.S. college students who studied abroad in 2017, less than 30 percent were students of color — 0.4 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native, 4.3 percent multiracial, 6.1 percent African American, 8.2 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 10 percent Hispanic Americans, according to data from the Institute of International Education.  The data shows that students of color largely miss out on international education experiences that can play a critical role in their personal growth, as well as academic and career success.

The Frederick Douglass Fellowship, which launched in 2017, is representative of efforts by the Council on International Educational Exchange, the nation’s largest non-profit facilitator of studying abroad, and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, to increase diversity in study abroad by breaking down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture that prevent students from participating in international education experiences.

The Fellows are nominated by the presidents of their respective institutions and selected during a national competition. The winners demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others.

“The students selected for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are 10 exemplary student leaders who demonstrate the iconic leadership, keen intellect, and natural change-agent attributes of Frederick Douglass,” said James P. Pellow, president and CEO of CIEE. “These students will be the next generation of leaders and I know that the intercultural competence and global perspective they will gain during the London program will benefit them throughout their lives.”

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About Benedict College

Benedict College’s academic programs are transformative, innovative in technology and enterprise and committed to educating students to enter the global marketplace with exceptional cultural and professional competencies that will empower them to contribute to the sustainability and economic growth of their communities.   Students may choose from twenty-five (25) major fields of study leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Sciences, or Social Work.

The available fields of study include preparation for professional careers in areas such as business administration, accounting finance, educational studies, criminal justice administration, recreation and leisure services, public health, sport management, social work, biology, environmental health science, computer science, computer, electrical, and environmental engineering, and physics.  Other students may opt for majors that are deeply immersed in the humanities, liberal arts and social sciences to include English, mass communication, visual art, music, music industry, interdisciplinary studies and cybersecurity.

Degree programs at Benedict College require completion of at least 128 semester credit hours and may range up to 132. The general education program requires 37-39 semester credit hours and a major consists of 30-70 hours in the particular discipline.

Benedict College also offers a standard-setting Career Pathways Development Program that is designed to is to implement innovative programming that prepares Benedict College students for success in diverse local and global communities. The Program’s mission is to transform student scholars into career-oriented, civic-minded, technologically qualified professionals who make a difference in society by improving lives, communities, and society.

About The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. The Center’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. For further information about the Center, please visit www.gse.upenn.edu/cmsi

About CIEE
CIEE, the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, transforms lives and builds bridges by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. To help people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, CIEE sponsors a wide variety of opportunities for cultural exchange, including work exchange programs, teach abroad programs, and a worldwide portfolio of study abroad and internship programs for college and high school students. Visit www.ciee.org.

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